Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five... ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Ambient
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu. We'd like to thank Leonard for letting us release this amazing piece of work,... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: sountrack
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy. Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you. Artwork by Alex Curran Topics: IDM, Breakbeats
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes. Topic: Electronic
Hailing from southern Sweden, one-man project VÃ¤gskÃ¤l likes his music abstract with some aggressive basslines and faint melodies. Whether sampling old analogue drum machines or his math class, VÃ¤gskÃ¤l keeps things ever changing and morphing into new sounds. Experimental, dark ambient, abstract - any of these terms work in describing his sound; only one song on this EP constitutes having a constant breakbeat, while the others drop you head-first into waves of droning soundscapes.... ( 1 reviews )
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and... ( 3 reviews )
The realization of these two improvisational live performances by Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan as a proper release has been a long time coming, and we at Kikapu couldn't be more honored to be bringing these pieces to you now. Both tracks hover just below the half-hour mark, and both incorporate laptops, guitars, and field recordings. Jason Sloan has also produced a short video featuring footage from the recording sessions as an added bonus to this release. This music is ambience at its purest... Topic: Electronic
Past releaser evan valentine has returned to blow your minds yet again with an incredible new mini-EP. This time around the tracks ride along a razor-thin edge of beautifully crafted melodies combined with some very complex breaks. The overall feel is almost a dream-like state, with the solid rhythms keeping everything grounded so the listener doesn't lose focus. This is quite the ingenious work of art to wrap your head around. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen. Topics: dark ambient, experimental
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener. What... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: idm, electronic, post-rock
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: post-rock, guitar, electronic
"You get more pulling power with Kino-Glaz - and new 1952 owner reports prove that Kino-Glaz is breaking economy records right and left! Featuring overdriven basslines and lots of clicks; pull your loads easier - at less cost - with Kino-Glaz!" The amazing Red Antenna music and design collective shines through with this EP of three new tracks and one older track freshly remixed. With hints of dub, minimal techno, and hip hop, their output is always top notch and they definitely don't...
Sieve is back again with another incredible EP of dark moods and thoughts. 'Vacuum-Assisted' focuses a bit more on the overall texture of each track compared to the beat-heavy electronics of his previous Kikapu release, 'wave/particle.' But don't be fooled, there are still plenty of forceful, brooding rhythms scattered throughout this release, all with a foreboding, inexhaustible feeling to them. Yet this release cuts even deeper into your psyche as you listen, pushing you to the edge. ( 2 reviews )
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing... ( 1 reviews )
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Ambient, Drone, Electronic, Experimental
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7. Ambient fans rejoice! and experience this unique piece... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, minimal, abstract, experimental, remixes
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres. The release kicks off with some incredible piano-driven drill n' bass, and works its way through... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Fortunately for all of you loyal Kikapu net.fans out there, Finnish artist Sami Liuski recently contacted us about releasing this set of tracks that he composed recently. Upon first listen, one can hear the arctic environment of northern Finland that Komsomol calls home. These BoC-esque tracks paint a picture of a sunny winter's day with warm vintage analogue synths and detached human vocal samples. This album has a remarkably wide spectrum of appeal to fans of all forms of electronic music...
With Red Lines' latest single 'Noon Parachute,' familiar chords cloaked in evocative synth textures along with intricately-constructed percussion pronounce a musical statement of warmth and clarity -- suitable for professional and at-home daydreamers alike. Red Lines (aka Brandon Reid Huey) is currently at work on a construction for volume II of the Uberkids project at Observatory and a long-player collaboration with fellow Kikapu artist Stud. He has releases at Kikapu and Electraum.
We're taking a big leap forward today into a slightly new and different realm of sound for Kikapu, with the debut release from Nashville's favorite legolomaniacs space plans. The band consists of three professional studio-geeks and knob-twiddlers, those being Kyleen King, Dave Jones, and Brion Bergstrom; and all three of them basically handle all of the different elements herein, whether they be guitar, bass, drums, synths, or vocals. To be honest, this EP is just a straight-up release of... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Rock
Welcome to the exhibition, folks. The General Design Commission, aka Gen_Des_Com, aka Red Antenna label-head James Reeves, seeks the clicks of the office, the clangs of the factory, and occasional moments of diplomatic melody. The rationality of his new EP has a seductiveness that operates as a kind of subterfuge, threatening to obscure the human cost of industrialization. Or so they say. Topic: Electronic
We are showcasing American electronic talent Eric Laurence as our eighth release here at Kikapu, and with this EP Eric shows us what he is all about - smooth, ethereal melodies interlaced with sleek drum programming and a heavy dose of cut-up samples; much akin to our first release by cellular. While busy with other projects, including starting up his own record label, Eric was kind enough to share these new tracks with all of you. Download, listen, repeat. Topic: Electronic
Breaks The Blank Day takes small, insignificant slices of sound and intricately builds them up into overlapping waves of audio. Liberally making use of filters and other effects, the tracks on this debut release are ever-shifting patterns and loops that pulsate hypnotically through your aural hemisphere. Best served with headphones late at night in the dark. Topics: minimal, ambient
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting...
We've reached another small milestone with our 75th release, a collection of random Pocka tracks that have been sitting on our hard drive for the better part of a year or more. These tracks were primarily produced during 2004 in the wilds of Vancouver, BC, though a few gems from 2003 sneaked their way into this release as well. How to sum up these tracks? Well, it really is quite random, everything from droning ambience to acoustic guitar pop to ragga mashups to a slew of remixes and... Topic: electronic
Russian cosmonauts Randomajestiq (Vladimir Hropov and Andrew Kolochinski) make their Kikapu debut in fine fashion with this EP. Masters of complex, multi-layered post-industrial electronics, Randomajestiq formed in 1998 with the goal of conquering the world with melodic IDM and high-quality engineering. Listening to Randomajestiq is like riding in an electro-Cadillac; you chill in the back and let the drivers do the work for you. These tracks are beautiful in their ease of use, as they are...
The debut release from The Strait Of Anain is a four-track EP of amazing depth and beauty; it utilizes full live instrumentation, spoken word, and vocals to perfection. Similar to some of our past releases by Matt Borghi and adcBicycle, this is another shining moment for Kikapu.
Montreal, Canada resident Charles Bisaillon has spent years moving about the globe, from all over Canada to Torino, Italy. He has taken the knowledge and experience of these travels and put all of it toward his new Oveloe music project. Charles enjoys the character and warmness of analog gear, and uses it almost exclusively in his tracks. On top of that, Charles records everything onto 1/4" analog tape to insure an even fatter sound. This release is reminiscent of glorious days past in...
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs. Mike's music is based on the IDM formula, but it refuses to... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context. His performances and recorded pieces are...
Taking the less is more approach, Evan Valentine's debut Kikapu release is eight tracks, some of them collaborative, of beautiful melodic IDM with a twist of some video game-ish melodies and incredibly complex percussion patterns. While most tracks hover around the two-minute mark, Mr. Valentine does a wonderful job of making his point with the sounds available to him, and not over-packing them with too many layers. In essence, it's wonderfully concise and feels just right. Topic: Electronic
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable. All eight tracks are short and precise, and coalesce into one...
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day. KOSIK... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu...
Kikapu's new best friend and close neighbor mar.ch, aka David Miller, drops off his first set of mp3's for you to enjoy. Ambient pads, subdued percussion, and dissonant chords are all ingredients in the mar.ch catalogue. These two tracks are exclusive to Kikapu - downloadable here for free, and also available on our Fall.02 Compilation CD (kpu.025).
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some... ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: experimental, abstract, noise, ambient
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack. Roto Visage and Kikapu would like to thank Transflux Films for providing the...
Bringing you something different for a change, we believe you will thoroughly enjoy these mixes from Novosibirsk, Siberia-based artist Stud. This release consists of previous Stud tracks that have been remixed by the man himself and then mixed into three separate 12-minute dj sets. The sets themselves are all over the place, and that is the beauty of them - styles ranging from ambient to electronic to drum n' bass to industrial to IDM are covered here. Also make sure and grab the .txt file that...
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement. 'lights' are the drones used in these two movements and... Topic: Ambient
Nophi Records frontman r_garcia returns to Kikapu with another gorgeously fun EP of chiptune bleeps, beautiful melodies, and remarkable riddims. One might call this a pop-centric view of the IDM sound, whatever that may be. In essence though, it's just a wonderfully enjoyable collection of tracks that will get your booty shaking and have you grinning ear to ear. ( 3 reviews )
notech is one of those rare artists who can easily master any genre of music they put their minds to. This is evident through the massive discography he has collected on his own Basement Boy label and his extremely spastic live sets. But for this release, notech settles things down a bit and puts the focus of this EP on the electric guitar, and each song here is full of emotion, depth, and intensity. This release has been in the pipeline for well over a year now, and we're very happy to finally... Topic: Electronic
Niklas Winde is back again to take y'all back with his latest exclusive Kikapu release. The title says it all: these tracks take the discernable listener back to the good old days of analog drum machines and modular synthesizers. Things start off mellow and ambient, and then quickly move into 4/4 territory just begging you to get up and dance. So sit back, start up your favorite old Atari game, and kick it to the monophonic jams. ( 1 reviews )
A lovely single from our favorite multi-aliased Finn, Ernesto Aeroflot wrote this song as a birthday present for a good friend of his, and was kind enough to share it with all of you. The title tells it all: a constant string of vocal samples run throughout this upbeat track giving, well..advice. Its for all you youngsters out there. Topic: Electronic
Kikapu's good friend, Silmu, has been biding his time in Finland, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike you net.fans out there. He has arrived at the perfect time, with two new tracks for your listening pleasure. Silmu is an electronic artist known for his collaborative work with Mallisto, as well as his solo efforts. This release finds him teaming up with vocalist Keiju on one track, and manning the controls by himself on the other. A long time coming, this release from the...